Wednesday, October 26, 2011


I have a new obsession, I may need an intervention soon, or at least a 12 step program. What is my new obsession you might ask?

If you haven't been sucked in yet I would be happy to send you an invite. What is it? It's like a virtual bulletin board where you can "pin" ideas you find on your internet surfing rides. For a creative person like me it is hugely addictive. I can find TONS of ideas for things I would like to make, recipes to try, fashion ideas, DIY tutorials, photography, quotes, wish list finds, dream places and living spaces...I could go on and on. You can categorize and name each of your "boards" so things are easy to find later. You can also "stalk" other pinners by following them and get even more ideas. I can safely say I have pinned more ideas, recipes and things than I could ever do or try but I still  love finding new things to pin. Did I say obsessed?

So last night as the snow started to fall I decided to actually make something I saw on Pinterest. Here are the results...

I pinned this link to MICROWAVE CARAMELS. The great thing about Pinterest is that when you "pin" something you choose a photo to represent what you are pinning. SO much better than just a bookmark because the photo then links back to the original site and you can actually remember why you saved it in the first place.

Anyway, I gathered my ingredients.

1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sweetened condensed mink
1/2 cup light corn syrup

I dumped them all into my Pyrex measuring cup

The recipe says to cook in the micro for 6 minutes stirring every two minutes. Since my brown sugar was a little on the hard side I only cooked it for 1 minute the first time so I could blend it all together. After that first minute I set it for another minute and stirred again. So far so good. Round three I set the timer for the recommended 2 minutes. And THIS is what I got when I opened the microwave door...
Ooey, gooey, boiled over stickiness! I scraped what I could back into the bowl with a spatula and wiped the microwave clean. This time I set the timer for just 30 seconds. That worked pretty well and I continued stirring every 30 seconds. After 6 minutes it didn't seem to be as caramelized as I was hoping so I continued my 30 second stirring intervals until it had been a total of 8 minutes.

Now that I had the caramel I had another idea. I had found these babies at the grocery store earlier.
Caramel covered marshmallows sounded pretty good to me so decided to dip them in. 
I thought I had some lollipop sticks but I couldn't find them 
so I had to use toothpicks (note to self get the lollipop sticks for next time).

Now that they were covered in caramel there was only one logical next step. Can you guess where I am going here? Here's a hint, my favorite See's candy is the Scotchmallow.

Bring on the chocolate!

So after a second dip into the chocolate this is what they looked like.
They could be prettier but they taste divine!

I think if I ever do these again (and I think i will because they are SO good) I will use the regular big marshmallows. These were a bit too much of a good thing (if that is possible).

Now back to Pinterest so see what I can make next!